BIO

Joyce Blankenship, BA

Special Needs & High School Consultant

Joyce has worked in the field of education for over 30 years, as an educational therapist, tutor, enrichment class teacher, and home educator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies at California State University, Long Beach, and her elementary teaching credential at California State University, Chico.

Joyce homeschooled her four adult children K–12 and continues to homeschool her youngest through high school. Three of her children have gone on to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees, with the fourth finding joy in working with young children.

During her many years of homeschooling, Joyce has used a variety of teaching styles and methods. She loves to share these with the HSLDA members she talks to in her job as a special needs / high school educational consultant. She finds great joy in encouraging parents in their homeschooling journey, whether they need support for getting their teen through high school or resources to help their struggling learner. By sharing both the good and not-so-good of her own family’s homeschooling experiences, she reassures parents that they can homeschool, too!

Joyce lives with her family in beautiful Northern Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, visiting historical sites with friends and family, watching old movies, and taking walks in the countryside.